Keep your catch as FRESH as possible in cold water (summer) or in icy slush (winter) until its time to clean them.
I dedicate this guide to Phil, my high school sweetheart, fishing buddy, best friend, amazing cancer &, bone marrow transplant survivor, & husband of 40 years as of 3/31/13. Thanks for demonstrating!
Phil demonstrates exactly how to fillet the fish
This is where the SHARPNESS of your filet knife pays off!
In our case, we're a good team. He fillets. I fry. We BOTH fish! (Tho I often catch the most!)
After filleting, place in cold water, then rinse thoroughly under cold water. This will remove blood and whiten them up.
Always check in the "V" for any missed bones. I like using a kitchen shears for trimming those out just before preparing.
Same method for Crappie (pictured), Bass, Perch and Walleye.
Understanding the anatomy and location of bone structure helps you fillet properly.
Fish fillets freeze well! Place desired fillets in Ziploc bag, add water so they'll be encased in ice. Work out air bubbles & seal to avoid freezer burn. Freeze bags horizontally. Keep up to 6 months.
You get TWO V-shaped fillets from each fish. Watch for my delicious way to prepare crispy fried fillets in an upcoming SnapGuide!